Computer games should be embraced as potential new learning tool: Expert

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Melbourne, Dec 8 (ANI): A researcher from University of Adelaide insists that computer games should be embraced as a potential new learning tool.

According to Daniel King, Phd psychology student, there was no evidence that video games had a negative impact on the vast majority of players.

"We have to be careful about putting a label on an activity that is enjoyed by millions of people around the world and, with some exceptions, has a lot of positive applications," quoted King as saying.

"Many of the games involve a lot of strategy and stimulate the brain in a healthy way, far more so than watching mindless television programs.

"Although some of the games contain violent themes, most people can separate the content from reality when they play, just as they do with films and books," he added.

He surveyed 400 gamers and conducted in-depth interviews with 45.

He found that apart from a small number of people who became obsessed with video gaming to the detriment of sleep, work and lifestyle, most people reported social interaction and an escape from the real world as tangible benefits.

"A lot of educators are also recognising that digital-based and interactive learning is a great tool for teaching and an effective way to get students interested in a subject," King added. (ANI)

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